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Sugaring vs Shaving – Which Is Better, And Why

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Last Updated on by Buayifa Ojeogwu

Have you ever asked between sugaring vs shaving, which is better for hair removal?

We’ll answer that question today.

After years of ingrown hairs and rough underarms, I finally tried waxing.

And while waxing was kicking me in the gut, I kept asking myself if it was worth the pain.

Then I discovered sugaring with homemade sugar wax, which is less painful than the spa.

And I’ve been sugaring ever since.

Now you may be wondering why everyone is moving to sugar hair removal over shaving or regular waxing.

Sugaring VS Shaving - Which Is Better And Why

And that’s what we’ll cover in this post.

We’ll compare sugaring vs shaving in terms of skin results, cost, how long the results last, and more.

Let’s dive in.

Which Hair Removal Method Is Better? Sugaring or Shaving?

1. Cost

With a bag of sugar under $5, you’d make sugaring wax as many times as you wish. And you’d use the wax more than once.

And you still have a nearly full bag for more sugar wax recipes.

But with shaving, you have to change your disposable razor after six to nine uses. Which means…

Winner: Sugaring is cheaper.

2. Eco-friendly

Talk about the environment and plastic waste. Most disposable shaving sticks last only 6 to 9 uses, and after that, they end up in the waste bin.

And since shaving only lasts a week, imagine how many shaving sticks you’re throwing away yearly.

On the other hand, sugaring wax is just sugar and water, and it melts when it comes in contact with water.

So sugaring can reduce the amount of waste we dump in the landfills.

Winner: Sugaring again. A more eco-friendly hair removal method.

3. Which lasts longer? Sugaring vs shaving?

Shaving lasts just a week unless your hair grows pretty slowly.

But I’ve watched it over the years, and I find this to be true. If you use a razor for hair removal, then you have to do so every week.

Who has time to shave their legs, underarms, and bikini area every week?

Whereas sugaring lasts up to a month. So you’re hair-free for weeks and still rocking your tanktops.

Winner: Sugaring lasts longer than shaving.

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Sugaring VS Shaving - Which Is Better And Why

4. Brazillian wax: sugaring vs shaving

If you are asking for my honest opinion. I’d say sugaring is the best way to get a Brazillian wax because you’re able to remove hairs without cutting yourself down-there.

When I get rid of hairs down-there, I go full Brazilian. And it used to scare me a lot doing that with a shaving stick.

It’s a miracle I never had a major cut there with a shaving stick.

Still, I believe razors are not safe to remove pubic hairs. Not to mention the razor bumps because of the delicate skin down there.

Moreover, when the hairs start growing after a few days, it won’t be a Brazilian anymore.

Winner: Sugaring is best for Brazilian wax.

5. Hair growth

I remember when I used to shave every weekend. My hairs were thick and curly.

And after shaving, they grow back faster, thick, and begin to itch as they make their way to my skin’s surface.

Also, then I didn’t know the right kind of underwear to wear after hair removal, so my lacy underwear would keep interfering with the prickly hairs.

It was a nightmare.

But since I started sugaring routinely, my hairs grow thinner and softer.

Winner: Sugaring. It helps the hair grow lighter.

6. Ingrown hair sugaring vs shaving

I remember when I used to shave every weekend. In as much as I’ve gotten rid of the hairs, I still couldn’t raise my arms up because within days, razor bumps begin to surface.

But sugaring pulls the hairs from the follicles, so you get a fresh new hair growth every time.

And since I started sugar waxing, ingrown hairs have become a thing of the past.

Winner: Sugaring. It does not cause ingrown hairs.

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7. Smooth skin after sugaring vs shaving

Sugar wax is made with sugar which is a natural skin exfoliant. So when you remove hairs with sugaring wax, you’re also getting rid of dead skin.

And because the hairs are pulled out, the pores get relieved faster, which makes the skin smooth, even when new hairs begin to grow.

Shaving, on the other hand, may irritate your pores, darken, and also leaves spots on your skin.

And it may take a while for the rashes and spots to heal and disappear.

Winner: The winner is sugaring. Because everyone loves smooth skin after getting rid of hair.

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Sugaring VS Shaving - Which Is Better And Why

The cons of sugaring

We’ve discussed the perks of sugaring. Let’s talk about the downsides.

  • It takes several tries to nail the perfect sugar wax even when you follow the recipe. But you’d get it eventually.
  • Not everyone can sugar wax themselves, and sugaring parlors are not as common as waxing salons. Moreover, professionals are quite expensive.
  • First-time sugaring is painful, though not as much as waxing. But it also depends on your pain tolerance.
  • Also, your hairs must be an exact height before you sugar wax them. If it is too short, sugaring may sting.

The pros of shaving

Razor hair removal may not be my first choice but I know it has its good sides.

  • It is the quickest and ever-available way to get rid of body hair, especially when you are in a hurry.
  • Shaving is still better than hair removal creams as it doesn’t necessarily require any harsh chemicals. You can shave with just water and your bathing soap, though some women use shaving foam.
  • Not everyone gets rashes and ingrown hairs from shaving. Some people are lucky. So it is not that bad.

Sugaring VS Shaving - Which Is Better And Why

In conclusion, Is Sugaring Better Than Shaving?

Yup, sugaring is better than shaving in so many ways.

And my most important reasons are smooth skin, no ingrown hairs, and of course, sugaring wax is cheaper than shaving sticks.

I hope this post answers your questions about sugaring vs shaving.

If not, please leave your questions in the comments, and I’d answer them and update this post as needed.

What hair removal method do you prefer? And why? Please share with us.

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